For current students and faculty/staff

NHTI Invites Public to Black Literature Book Discussion

NHTI – Concord’s Community College is pleased to announce our Black Literature Book Club is now open to the public. This book club is one of our many initiatives aligned with the college’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pillar of our Five-Year Strategic Plan.

The Black Literature Book Club is currently reading The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois. This landmark book about being Black in America is now available in an expanded edition commemorating the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth and features a new introduction by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, and cover art by Caldecott medalist Kadir Nelson.

NHTI’s Learning Commons Library has copies of The Souls of Black Folk in paper, digital, and audio formats for NHTI students, faculty, and staff including free digital access to the aforementioned commemorative edition. Please visit the Black Literature Book Club’s library guide page at to access e-books, audiobooks, and/or request print copies of this title (curbside pick-up available). NHTI is grateful for our community partners which include the City of Concord Library as well as Gibson’s Bookstore, where you can find this special edition offered at a 10% discount.

Come join us as we continue to support Black authors and share observations and reflections on this timeless literary work on Tuesday, May 18, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom:

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963) was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He attended public schools there prior to attending Fisk University, where he received his BA degree in 1888. Thereafter he received a second BA degree, and an MA and PhD from Harvard. He studied at the University of Berlin as well. He taught at Wilberforce University and the University of Pennsylvania before going to Atlanta University in 1897, where he taught for many years. A sociologist, historian, poet, and writer of several novels, Du Bois was one of the main founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was a lifelong critic of American society and an advocate of Black people against racial injustice. He spent his last years in Ghana, where he died in exile at the age of ninety-five.

Ibram X. Kendi (introduction) is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. A contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent, he is a coeditor, with Keisha N. Blain, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Four Hundred Souls and the author of many other books, including The Black Campus Movement, which won the W. E. B. Du Bois Book Prize; Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; and three #1 New York Times bestsellers: How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Kendi lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

For more information about NHTI’s Black Literature Club, contact Bridie Mager at

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